This week my children's book reviews include a beautiful picture book filled with hope, a book to help you escape social media, a princess who loves fashion and a feminist retelling of classic fairytales.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
WISP: A STORY OF HOPE BY ZANA FRAILLON & GRAHAME BAKER-SMITH
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Idris is a child refugee who's world comprises of a camp of tents and fences. Then the Wisp arrives who reawakens people's memories of a better life. But Idris knows no other life so what will the Wisp bring him? A moving and uplifting story of hope accompanied by beautiful and powerful illustrations. It shows the small light of hope growing throughout the story inspiring those who have forgotten how to dream. Stunning.
ISBN 9781408350119 PB Hachette £6.99
TURN OFF LIVE ON BY VINCENT VINCENT
This little book is the perfect antidote to help us all have a break from social media while highlighting different creative outlets we can explore. It is overflowing with ideas to switch off and relax including activities, brain exercises and even techniques for meditation and good posture. It is a pertinent reminder to take an interest in yourself and your own wellbeing not just the lives of familiar strangers in a digital world.
ISBN 9871526361820 PB Wren & Rook £6.99
ROYAL REBEL BY CARINA AXELSSONCHILDREN 10+
When Lily's fashion vlog 'Tiara Girl' starts to take off her life suddenly becomes complicated. Mainly because Lily is a real-life princess and first in line to the throne! Can she keep her passion for fashion a secret? Girls will love the fairytale lifestyle mixed with Lily's desire for independence and following her dream. An accessible and attractive read that is great fun and just a little rebellious! Princess Diaries meets Geek Girl.
ISBN 9781474942409 PB Usborne £6.99
YOUNG ADULT 15+
A collection of retold fairytales with a feminist slant and sumptuous black and white illustrations reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley. The helpless maidens in distress are now replaced with independent, strong and cunning heroines striving for independence, survival and power. An inspirational gift mixing old fashioned tales with modern day values. These unsettling, surprising and empowering stories including Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin would also be a great talking point for a book club.
ISBN 9781912417117 PB Little Island £8.99